Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Marathon Training Weeks 11 & 12

Clearly I took a couple of weeks off of blogging, but I did not take any time off of training.

Week 11

My first day of vacation on Aug 21 I celebrated by doing my mid-week eight-mile run in the rain. Since the weather has decided to be summer at the end of August, the rain felt pretty good and it was never too heavy. By Saturday, the temperatures were topping mid 80s and the humidity levels were hovering around 90%. So the 16-mile long run was nothing short of brutal.

It was one of the rare days I wished I had my phone with me to take a picture. The lake was so foggy that you literally could not see the buildings on the other side of Lake Shore Drive. And even though we all know the path like the back of our hands, it was very disorienting not having immediate visual clues. I was pretty much praying for rain by the end, and with the amount of sweat on my body, I looked like I had jumped in the lake mid-run rather than at the end. It was the first time we had several people drop back and/or not complete the full mileage. But, as I've been saying all summer, I would rather have this weather now than on October 12. I'm just worried that it's waited too long to get here and it won't go away in time.

Despite my smile, I am a little freaked out about being
this high up, even though I've done this before

Week 12

Even though I was on vacation all last week, I still managed to get up at the crack of dawn to do my Tuesday/Thursday runs with my running partner. It was nice to get them out of the way. Those runs are going up to five miles now, which means I need to map out a new route around the 'hood. I shorted my Thursday run by one mile because (a) I needed to get home to so Baby H. and I could make our way to Navy Pier to ride the Ferris Wheel and (b) see below. Since I was on vacation, I was able to do my mid-week long run early again. I could totally get used to being a mom who drops of her son at pre-school, goes out for her morning run and then goes home to have a leisurely coffee and breakfast. But alas it's not to be. Besides, I'm eager to try out my new running backpack tomorrow.

It was a cut-back week this week, which meant "only" 12 miles. Rather than do that, I and a few other ladies from the training group signed up for the Magnificent Mile Women's Half Marathon. This is the same race I did a couple of years ago for Team Colleen. I remember how happy I was that day I was doing the 5k rather than the half because it was so very hot. This year was a repeat of the hot weather, but that's a separate post.

Now to the stats. Unfortunately that extra tenth of a mile from the half marathon won't be deducted from my miles left to go, but such is life. Even so, I'm down to less than 200 miles before this whole journey is over. On the fundraising front, I had a flurry of donations the past couple of weeks thanks to several people including Dave, Sarah, Michelle, Aaron and Katie, and I'm less than 100 bucks away from my goal.

I'll link to my half marathon review once I write it. In the meantime, feel free to make a donation while you wait: http://www.razoo.com/story/Melanie-Higgins-Fundraising-For-Cara-Road-Scholars-2014-Bank-Of-America-Chicago-Marathon-Team?referral_code=sw

Stats for the last two weeks:
Miles run: 61.1
Miles left to go: 193.2
Raised so far: $909.20
Left to go: $90.80

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